Minor Surgery Specialist

Ben Littlejohn III, MD

Family Medicine located in East Bay Area, Emeryville, CA

Surgery doesn’t always mean hospital time and prolonged recovery periods. At the private practice of Ben Littlejohn III, MD, in Emeryville, California, Dr. Littlejohn performs biopsies to test suspicious skin growths as well as minor surgery for a variety of reasons, including foreign body removal, hemorrhoids, lacerations, and abscesses. Dr. Littlejohn is a skilled surgeon who can perform biopsies in the office, as well as repairing most types of skin damage quickly so you can enjoy a fast recovery. Call the office or click the online booking tool for an appointment.

Minor Surgery Q & A

What is a biopsy?

A biopsy is a test in which Dr. Littlejohn removes a very small sample of skin from an area that has a suspicious or unusual growth. Then, he examines the sample under magnification to check it for abnormal cells like cancerous cells. 

A biopsy is a minor surgery, and usually requires local anesthesia and no downtime. Dr. Littlejohn performs biopsies in the office if you need one. 

What kind of minor surgery is available in the office?

Dr. Littlejohn performs a variety of other minor surgeries in his office, including: 

Cyst treatment

Cyst treatment usually includes creating a small incision, removing the cyst and the cyst sac, and then closing the incision with a stitch or two and a small bandage. 

Depending on the kind of cyst, Dr. Littlejohn may examine the cyst contents under magnification. 

Foreign body removal

Foreign body removal involves numbing the area thoroughly and then removing a splinter, piece of metal, or other object lodged in your skin. You may need a few stitches. 

Hemorrhoid removal

Hemorrhoid removal can take several forms, but it often involves rubber band ligation. In this procedure, Dr. Littlejohn places small bands around external hemorrhoids. 

This cuts off blood flow and the hemorrhoids shrink over the coming days. He may also use other options for hemorrhoid removal, including sclerotherapy, infrared light, or electrocoagulation. 

Abscess treatment

An abscess is a collection of pus that pushes your skin out to form a bump or raised area. Usually, abscesses are caused by bacterial infections. Dr. Littlejohn drains the abscess and treats the infection to prevent regrowth. 

Depending on the size of the abscess, you may need a few stitches to close the incision after drainage. 

Laceration repair

Very small and thin lacerations may heal naturally, but larger lacerations may require minor surgery. Dr. Littlejohn can reposition your skin and perform minor surgical repairs to help the skin knit back together effectively as you heal.

All in-office surgeries require only local anesthesia. This means that you’ll be numb in the treatment area and won’t feel any pain during your procedure. 

How do I take care of my skin after minor surgery?

Dr. Littlejohn gives you specific aftercare directions. Generally, this involves keeping the area clean and protected from the elements. You may need to apply topical ointments and change bandages at home before you come in for a followup visit. 

For minor surgery in an easily accessible office, call the office of Ben Littlejohn III, MD, or book an appointment online.